The number of people living in a different place than that of their household registration reached 221 million in China in 2010, Xinhua reports.
Floating population reaches 221 mln
Li Bin, head of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said Monday that the number of people living in a different place than that of their household registration reached 221 million last year, Xinhua reports. Of those people, 160 million are rural migrant workers and 42.8 percent were born after 1980. Another 300 million people from rural areas are expected to move to work and live in cities and towns over the next three decades, Li said.
Beijing builds 8 new subway lines
Beijing began construction on eight new subway lines yesterday, which will add 113.7 km to the city's total subway mileage, Xinhua reports. China's first low-speed maglev line, Line S1, is also included in the project. The line will make China the second country to run such a train, after Japan. Line S1 is expected to be operational in 2013 with speeds of 100 to 120 km per hour.
GM recalls 233,000 cars in China
Shanghai General Motors Co. began recalling 232,931 cars in China Monday to fix faulty fuel lines, Xinhua reports. The recall covered 133,074 two-liter and 2.4-liter Regal sedans produced between Sep. 18, 2008 and Oct. 14, 2010, and 99,857 2.4-liter LaCrosse cars made between Apr. 20, 2009 and Oct. 14, 2010, said a statement from the company. The fault could cause the fuel pipe to break at the joints under extreme conditions and the engine could fail to start or stop working. The oil leaks could also spark fires. The after-sales service center at Shanghai General Motors will contact car owners to arrange repair work and its 800-820-2020 hotline offers counseling and reservation services.
(China.org.cn March 2, 2011)